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  1. Teach With Movies (Frieden and Elliott)
      Provides reviews of movies that include elements of lesson plans and background materials. Films rated by age appropriateness. Designed for parents, but appropriate for teachers. Also includes a section on films that have merit, but provides reasons why the films are not a preferred medium for use in teaching children.

  1. Movie Reviews (
      Provides reviews of movies. 02-06

  2. Movie Reviews (
      Provides reviews of new movies, as well as times and locations of showings. 1-01

  3. Movie Reviews (New York Times)
      Provides reviews of movies. 02-06

  4. Planet of the Apes Series (New York Times)
      "But most of the interest of the original “Planet of the Apes” and its sequels lies in their skewed, satiric take on human nature. The apes are disconcertingly like us, and it’s fun both to imagine them as better than we are and to watch their civilization developing some very familiar discontents. They have race and class issues and a rather rigid social hierarchy: orangutans rule, gorillas enforce, and chimpanzees do most of the intellectual work — subject to the approval of the orangutans, who sit in judgment like the Académie Française or the Holy Office. The chimp scientists who try to save Taylor are accused of heresy: the orangutans and the gorillas are, to an ape, staunch creationists."

      "In the four immediate sequels — 'Beneath the Planet of the Apes' (1970), 'Escape From the Planet of the Apes' (1971), 'Conquest of the Planet of the Apes' (1972) and 'Battle for the Planet of the Apes' (1973) — the back story of humankind’s demise and the apes’ ascent gets filled in a bit, with tricky timelines." 07-11

  5. The Projected Image: A History of Disability in Films (
      "TCM's exploration of disability in cinema includes many Oscar-winning and nominated films, such as An Affair to Remember (1957), in which Deborah Kerr's romantic rendezvous with Cary Grant is nearly derailed by a paralyzing accident; A Patch of Blue (1965), with Elizabeth Hartman as a blind white girl who falls in love with a black man, played by Sidney Poitier; Butterflies Are Free (1972), starring Edward Albert as a blind man attempting to break free from his over-protective mother; and Gaby: A True Story (1987), the powerful tale of a girl with cerebral palsy trying to gain independence as an artist; Johnny Belinda (1948), starring Jane Wyman as a "deaf-mute" forced to defy expectations; The Miracle Worker (1962), starring Anne Bancroft as Annie Sullivan and Patty Duke as Helen Keller; One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975), with Jack Nicholson as a patient in a mental institution and Louise Fletcher as the infamous Nurse Ratched; The Best Years of Our Lives (1946), the post-War drama starring Fredric March, Myrna Loy and real-life disabled veteran Harold Russell; and Charly (1968), with Cliff Robertson as an intellectually disabled man who questions the limits of science after being turned into a genius." 10-12

  1. Time's 5 Most Underrated Sceince Fiction Movie (
      Provides reviews of 5 sci fi movies. 05-13

  1. Reviews of African American Movies (
      Provides news and reviews of movies, with a focus on movies staring or developed by Arican Americans. 9-00

  1. 12 Disaster Movies (
      Provides reviews of 12 disaster movies that the reviewer thought were outstandingly good. 04-10

  2. Avatar Review (Christian Science Monitor)
      "James Cameron’s long-awaited ‘Avatar’ uses the latest technology to transport viewers to the war-ridden world of Pandora and its indigenous Na’vi clan." 12-09

  3. Avatar on DVD (
      "The top-grossing film in movie history is No. 1 again. The James Cameron epic Avatar, which has earned more than $2.7 billion in theaters worldwide since its Dec. 18 release — nearly 50% more than the previous record holder, Cameron's Titanic — went into video stores yesterday and sold about 4 million copies. That established new standards for sales of both DVDs (topping Twilight as the year's top seller) and Blu-ray discs (smashing The Dark Knight's stash by nearly a million units)."

      "The only 'extra' is an anti-smoking public service announcement. And one other caveat, which sends the collective voice of Avatar's admirers ascending into a shrill chorus: no freakin' 3-D." 04-10

  4. Film Reviews (
      Provides reviews of movies. 11-01

  5. Movie Reviews (
      Provides reviews of old and new movies. 02-06

  6. Movie Reviews (
      Provides reviews of newly released movies. 4-00

  7. Movies - Reviews (TV Guide Online)
      Provides reviews for thousands of movies. Search by title, part of title, actor, or other information. Also provides detailed information on each movie and a list of current top ten video rentals. 2-00

  8. Reviews of 1999 Movies ( - White)
      Provides Allen's annotated list of the best and worst movies, in terms of scripts, for 1999. 1-00

  9. Sexualization of Girls in Films (USA Today)
      "Female teenage characters were more likely to wear sexy, provocative clothing (40%) than other women — even more than those age 21 to 39 (32%). And the teen girls were as likely to appear partially naked as the older women (30%)."

      "Jennifer Stevens Aubrey, a University of Missouri researcher who studies the media's influence on young people and was not involved in this study, says the sexualization of girls is rampant in films, television, music videos and the marketing of clothing to children." 04-11


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